The fight against sexual violence

Phipps, Alison (2019) The fight against sexual violence. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 71. pp. 62-74. ISSN 1362-6620

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This paper engages critically with the feminist fight against sexual violence, especially in relation to global rightward shifts in which political and cultural narratives around gender are being reshaped and rejuvenated. In the context of a new ‘war on women’ worldwide, #MeToo and similar movements have been key to contemporary political resistance. However, mainstream movements against sexual violence are ill-equipped to address the intersections of patriarchy, capitalism and colonialism which produce sexual violence. Furthermore, the reactionary arms of these movements are gaining increasing power and platforms, dovetailing with the narratives of the far right in their attacks on sex workers and trans people. I argue that to resist an intersectionality of systems, we need what Angela Davis calls an intersectionality of struggles, and that feminism which does not centre the most marginalised is not fit for purpose.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: sexual violence, rape, #MeToo, political sociology, neoliberalism
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0621 Culture
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
J Political Science > JC Political theory. The state. Theories of the state > JC501 Purpose, functions, and relations of the state
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Depositing User: Alison Phipps
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 09:43
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:00

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